Had a great trip to the north woods last week. Nice weather, good company, got to see a bear (about 20 feet in front of the Jeep) and spent some time relaxing with numerous cups of coffee and a couple of cigars.
While I was mentally solving the world problems I got to playing that mental game of ..’what if….’. You know, what if your spouse was really serious about your only owning one rifle? Or one pistol? Or what if you had your BOB packed and only had room for one knife. What would it be????
Well, I started to put all kinds of ‘qualifiers’ on the situation. Would I be in the jungle, or the desert or at sea?? Would I have an axe, a saw or any other cutting tools with me? Could it be a multi-tool or one of the SAK’s with a dozen blades, screwdrivers, pliers, allen wrenches and so on? The options and possibilities were limitless. So I brought the whole issue back to the most basic consideration. It had to be a fixed blade or a conventional folder with no more than two blades, no other cutting tools, axes, saws, etc.
You’re gonna start out aboard a ship that sinks and you drift ashore several days later on a beach near a jungle. There’s a stretch of desert you have to cross before reaching the snow covered mountain range separating you from civilization. In other words, you’re going to be in all kinds of different environments each posing their own unique cutlery related issues. The point is, it’s a pretty rare occasion you get to plan your own emergency situation prior to the event. Yup, you’re in deep doodoo with one knife.
As impossible as this situation seems to be, it’s a fun mental exercise. Don’t know about the rest of you, but in northern Minnesota, you don’t have to travel that far to be in some pretty desolate areas. Every year we have a few hunters spend a night or two in the woods until someone finds them. People get stranded in snowstorms in their vehicles (hopefully). I’ve camped in areas with 10+ miles of water and woods between me and the nearest signs of a road or civilization and I really wasn’t that far back in the woods. One knife……
I came up with my personal best choice. Anyone else considered what yours would be?